This project entails the investigation and collection of æsthetic experiences—visual, mathematical, scientific and otherwise—to assist the 21st century Individual in curating collections of Aesthetic Moments.
This project entails the investigation and collection of æsthetic experiences—visual, mathematical, scientific and otherwise, yet to be defined. The broader context for the project work is born of the perceived need to preserve what is essentially "human" about our species, specifically now as we enter into the age of Superintelligence. Moreover, we propose that concepts such as, awe, wonder, grace and grandeur, are critical for our species, despite the risk of losing these very characteristics to the sterilizing affects of popular technology and culture. We further seek to develop best methods to assist the 21st century Individual in curating collections of Aesthetic Moments.
Students will write periodic short papers (2–3 pages in length) and will conclude with a project of their choosing.
Contributions to the online dialogue are accomplished through uploading content in whatever format seems most appropriate: writing to a course blog; sharing results of experiments including journal entries; video documentation; interviews, etc.
We also plan a deconstruction project in which students will make a small display exploring the limits of when an object becomes (in)distinguishable, yet greater than, the sum of its parts.
The discussions and writings will help students discover the nature of an aesthetic experience and how related ontological considerations apply to most academic areas of inquiry. The most important result will be that students develop skills pertinent to enabling aesthetic experience by analyzing and interpreting texts, which can find applicability outside of our course.
The overarching vision for the long-term project is to create a bank for culturally equivalent moments and expressions of, awe, grandeur, grace, as means to help us move past our current overly-analytical epoch.
|Length of commitment||About a semester (3-5 months)|
|Start time||Fall (August/September)|
|Level of collaboration||Individual and small groups; both are encouraged and expected|
|Who is eligible||Anyone|
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